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Hantavirus threat puts a damper on Yosemite National Park
— — YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARKThe brass padlocks on the "signature tent cabins" at Curry Village are the first sign that something is amiss as one of the park's last busy weekends of the year gets underway. Then there's the medical masks that Jil Johnson, ...

Straight beer glasses make you drink slower - study
If you want to cut down on your drinking without sacrificing nights out, the answer could be straight forward. Research shows that beer is drunk much more slowly from a straight-sided glass than from a curved one. In fact, it takes almost twice as long ...

Huron County sees 3 cases of swine flu
By JASON HENRY NORWALK — Three cases of swine flu confirmed in Huron County have been linked to the Huron County Fair, according to the Ohio Department of Health. All three cases involved children under the age of 14, said Tessie Pollock, ...

Grunenthal's thalidomide apology in full
The apology will be made in a speech given on Saturday by the firm's chief executive Harald Stock at the inauguration of a special memorial in Stolberg, Germany. The text of the speech was published on the company's main website, refers to a Mr Igel, ...

Tufts Medical Center to help start member-owned insurance plan
By Chelsea Conaboy Tufts Medical Center, its physician group, and the publicly traded parent company of MetroWest and St. Vincent hospitals have been awarded an $88.5-million loan by the federal government to create what would be the state's only ...

Region's all-out offensive against West Nile virus
They're testing dead birds and insects, spraying pesticides, and conducting aerial and ground surveillance of breeding areas. Across the region, authorities are ratcheting up the fight against the mosquito-borne West Nile virus as the Centers for ...

Fighting an epidemic of fatal overdoses
Gathered beneath a pale moon at Roosevelt University's Schaumburg campus, the parents, siblings and friends of those who died of heroin overdoses created a scene of almost unbearable sadness. They bore photos of the dead, startlingly young men and ...

'Fill the Boot' Campaign This Weekend
The 2012 Labor Day Weekend Fill the Boot campaign benefiting the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) kicked off in Fairfax County Friday and will run through the weekend. The Fairfax County Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics — International ...

German manufacturer apologizes for birth defects drug 50 years later
(CNN) -- A German manufacturer of a drug that caused thousands of babies to be born with disabilities about five decades ago is apologizing for the first time. The drug, thalidomide, caused babies to be born with shorter arms and legs after their ...

Yosemite hantavirus outbreak: virus kills quickly and cannot be treated, says ...
Yosemite hantavirus outbreak: virus kills quickly and cannot be treated, says ...

Health officials: Don't eat Daniella-brand mangoes
Monterey County public health officials are warning people not to eat Daniella-brand mangoes because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. State and local health officials are currently investigating multiple illnesses in the state of California, ...

Thalidomide victims: drugmaker's apology not enough
By Annika Breidthardt | BERLIN (Reuters) - Victims of thalidomide said on Saturday an apology from the German inventor of the drug that caused birth defects in thousands of babies around the world was too little too late. Thalidomide, developed by the ...

Acupuncture as 'essential' health care? California weighs the question.
States are in the middle of answering one of the health law's most important unknowns: What health benefits should every insurance plan be required cover? In California, the answer is coming together quickly — and, if all goes as planned, ...

First Swine Flu Death in Ohio
The Ohio Department of Health announced on Friday that the country's first known swine flu death took place in their state. A 61-year-old Madison county women was infected with the H3N2v virus and died. She had had direct contact with swine at the Ross ...

Catania Brand Mangoes Recalled for Salmonella Braenderup
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and ML Catania Co. Ltd. are recalling Daniella brand mangoes packed with the Catania label because they may be contaminated with Salmonella Braenderup. This is part of the recall of Daniella mangoes in Canada and the ...

Mangoes Recalled In U.S.
The Food and Drug Administration has released a statement telling people throughout the US not to eat mangoes with the brand name sticker Daniella, which were distributed from a Northern California fruit distributor. Health authorities believe the ...

Beer-Glass Shape Determines How Fast (and Much) We Drink
(Photo : Flickr/Cambridge Brewing Co. ) Shape of the glass can determine how fast and how much we drink alcohol, according to research published by the UNiversity of Bristol When downing a cold glass of beer, the last thing on our minds is the glass ...

Health officials warn Neb. fairgoers of swine flu
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — Signs outside the swine barn at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island are warning visitors of a new strain of swine flu. The Grand Island Independent reports ( (link) OPBrQo) that the Central District Health Department ...

Aging America: Boomers retiring to rural areas will have hard time finding a ...
Aging America: Boomers retiring to rural areas will have hard time finding a ...

German Drug Maker Apologizes to Victims of Thalidomide
LONDON — Decades of campaigning by victims of thalidomide, a morning sickness drug, have taken a new turn, with the first apology in 50 years to the victims and their families by the drug's German manufacturer — and an incensed rejection of the apology ...

Beer drinkers down them more quickly out of curvy glasses
Two things men stereotypically love are curves and beer. What is less stereotypical is that curves could influence men (and women) to drink their beer more quickly. Curves in glasses, that is. A new study shows people drink beer from curvy glasses ...

Mango recall extended after Salmonella warning
Daniella brand mangoes are under recall for possible salmonella contaminationDaniella brand mangoes are under recall for possible salmonella contamination (FDA) The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has extended a warning about certain Daniella brand ...

German drug firm makes 1st apology for thalidomide
By FRANK JORDANS | AP Berlin • The German manufacturer of a notorious drug that caused thousands of babies to be born with shortened arms and legs, or no limbs at all, issued its first ever apology Friday — 50 years after pulling the drug off the ...

New Jersey Produce Company Recalls Mango Products
The products in question have an expiration date of Aug. 28, but the company issued the voluntary recall anyway A New Jersey produce company recalled a number of products distributed in the Northeast that contained fresh-cut mangoes Saturday because of ...

Quebec Legionnaires' death toll hits 10
QUEBEC CITY, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- An outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in Quebec has claimed its 10th victim, health officials in the Canadian province say. As of Friday, 158 cases of the disease had been confirmed, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported ...

Vet: Swine flu poses little problem
CANFIELD - With local, state and federal health officials closely monitoring the most recent rash of swine flu - and recording the first flu-related death - Canfield Fair officials and participants with precautions, pigs can still be a safe and ...

Eat your fruits and veggies, or else . . .
Schools here and throughout America will begin serving healthier meals with the start of the academic year, and everyone is awaiting the verdict of 32 million spork-wielding food critics. How will often-finicky schoolchildren react to increased fruits ...

Cooling towers are clean, Quebec City residents told
QUEBEC CITY - Public health authorities have declared the streets of Quebec City are safe and that the suspected sources of the Legionnaires' outbreak have been scrubbed clean of any remaining deadly bacteria. On Friday, Dr. François Desbiens, ...

E-Cigarettes Not Tied to Risk of Heart Disease in Study
Electronic cigarettes cause damage to the lungs, according to a study that challenges earlier research suggesting the devices to quit smoking are harmless. E-cigarettes, electronic tubes that simulate the effect of smoking by producing nicotine vapor, ...

Beer Drinkers Swill Faster From Curved Glasses, Scientists Say
by Emily Underwood on 30 August 2012, 5:00 PM | Before you down that pint, check the shape of your glass—you might be drinking more beer than you realize. According to a new study of British beer drinkers, an optical illusion caused by the shape of a ...

Legionnaires' kills 11 people in Quebec City
Quebec's public health board says legionnaires' disease has claimed one more life in Quebec City, raising to 11 the number of people who have died from complications. As of Sunday, 169 people had been infected since July. On Friday, the public health ...

Thalidomide victims: German drugmaker's apology not enough
Health Newsday New York > News Print Aa Thalidomide victims: German drugmaker's apology not enough Published: September 2, 2012 12:19 PM By REUTERS Victims of thalidomide said on Saturday an apology from the German inventor of the drug that caused ...

Komen Bows Campaign in Bid to Restore Blemished Brand
Six months after igniting severe backlash for pulling Planned Parenthood funding, nonprofit Susan G. Komen for the Cure is betting on a national ad campaign that features survivor stories to rally supporters. But as the organization preps for Breast ...

Coconut oil could combat tooth decay
Coconut oil attacks the bacteria behind tooth decay and could be used in dental care products, according to research. Scientists found that coconut oil which had been treated with enzymes stopped the growth of Streptococcus bacteria - a major cause of ...

Health Sentinel: FDA approval of preventive HIV drug raises hopes, concerns
The AIDS Task Force of Northeast Indiana, 525 Oxford St., provides education and prevention programs for youths and adults. The Task Force also offers a free food pantry for clients, housing assistance and other services. Donations of canned goods are ...

No Sense of Smell? New Discovery Offers Hope
Using gene therapy experimentation, scientists have for the first time restored the sense of smell in mice with congenital anosmia (the medical term for lifelong inability to smell). Previous studies have shown that people born without a sense of smell ...

People who binge drink at increased anxiety risk
Those who drink heavily may be at increased risk for anxiety disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to a new research. The research on mice reveals heavy alcohol use actually rewires brain circuitry, making it harder for ...

Struggle to smell the roses? Gene therapy offers new hope after restoring ...
Struggle to smell the roses? Gene therapy offers new hope after restoring ...

US CDC says 10000 at risk of hantavirus in Yosemite outbreak
By Dan Whitcomb and Ronnie Cohen | LOS ANGELES/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Some 10000 people who stayed in tent cabins at Yosemite National Park this summer may be at risk for the deadly rodent-borne hantavirus, the US Centers for Disease Control and ...

Research explores bullying of kids with asthma
New research has uncovered several factors to explain why children with asthma have a higher risk of being bullied. The study highlights the need for doctors to talk to children with asthma about bullying, as well as the impact the disease could be ...

Ready Pac fruit product recalled over Salmonella fears
OTTAWA -- The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is monitoring a recall of certain Ready Pac fresh cut fruit products due to possible salmonella contamination. The Ready Pac products contain pieces of Daniella brand mangoes which were earlier recalled due ...

Hunting the elusive Hantavirus
By Michelle Roberts Health editor, BBC News online Two people have died following an outbreak at California's Yosemite National Park of a rare lung disease caused by contact with faeces and urine from infected rodents. Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome ...

Obese teens at impaired brain function risk
Researchers at NYU School of Medicine has for the first time revealed that metabolic syndrome (MetS) could cause cognitive and brain impairments in adolescents. They have urged pediatricians to take this into account when considering the early ...

FDA Approves New Drug to Treat Advanced Prostate Cancer
Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The US Food and Drug Administration Friday approved a new drug to treat advanced prostate cancer that isn't responding to other therapies, Health Day reports. The drug, enzalutamide, which will be sold under the brand ...

Worries over hantavirus taking a toll at Yosemite
Officials announced last week that 10000 people were at risk for contracting hantavirus after staying in Yosemite National Park this summer. Although park spokesman Scott Gediman said there wasn't a noticeable dip in the 75000 or so visitors expected ...

Demand for donated breast milk increases as experts, parents laud its health ...
Demand for donated breast milk increases as experts, parents laud its health ...

Restaurant owners protest Lebanon smoking ban
AP BEIRUT -- Restaurant owners and employees have staged a sit-in to protest a new smoking ban in closed public places. The ban on smoking in places like restaurants and pubs went into effect Monday. The restaurant owners say the ban will harm their ...

Medical marijuana backers seek inroads in South
By ANDREW DeMILLO, AP – 1 minute ago LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The home state of the president who didn't inhale has become an unlikely front in the battle over medical marijuana. This fall, Arkansas will be the first Southern state to ask voters ...

Rabbis Will Defy Law on Circumcision Ritual
Ultra-Orthodox rabbis in New York City say if a proposed law requiring parental consent for a circumcision ritual linked to two infant deaths is enacted they will defy it. During the ritual, called metzitzah b'peh, a mohel removes the foreskin and uses ...

Ready Pac fruit products recalled over Salmonella concerns
More products that may contain potentially Salmonella-contaminated mangoes are being recalled. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a warning over “Ready Pac” Fruit Tray Bien and Super Fruit Medley products sold in western Canada – including ...

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